Afro dance is undeniably in the ascendancy, in sophistication and in its many repertoires. Africans have always loved to dance and have their own unique perspective to the art. This varies from one culture to another; from the Atilogwu dance of the Igbo in Nigeria, Adumu of the Massai people, to the Ndlamu of the Zulu in southern Africa, the way Africans have always paid attention to characteristically moving several parts of their body with the accompanying facial expressions amid chants and charring is what has always set African dance apart.
In contemporary times, we have seen a lot modification of the traditional African dance repertoires, introduction of new ones and fusion with western and other dance styles to give birth to what we have today as Afro (urban) dance.
One electrifying performer riding on the wave to promote and advance African culture through are artistic flair in dance is Afro-fusion dancer/choreographer Iziegbe “Izzy” Odigie. For Izzy, dance started right from her early childhood days, as a boarding school student she would engage in weekly freestyle break-dance competitions for the excitement and thrill. This experience sparked up her interest in American hip-hop and pop and when she moved to the states in 2007 it served as a precursor to a glistering artistic career. Briefly taking up modelling, she finally sought to pursue her passion in dance by joining up with the Encore dance crew before co-founding her own collective- TRYBE at age 18.
Izzy’s major breakthrough in Afro dance came when she gave a stellar on-stage freestyle performance with Eddy Kenzo to his continental hit- “Sitya Loss”. That performance followed by a couple freestyles propelled her to national limelight.
Some of her notable achievements include a sold out nationwide tour, earning 20 million views and 200,000 followers on social media and being featured by many mainstream artists.
Izzy choreographs, performs, teaches Afro dance in multiple cities.
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